Wednesday, April 1, 2015

0 Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Pamitinan is one of the mountains in Rodriguez, Rizal, which according to PinoyMountaineer it is about 426 MASL. This is the mountain that we are going to climb today. I met Tolits at Jollibee Cubao and we left there at five forty five in the morning after we load up.

Then again, we meet Jeff, Rocky, and Majimen (Jeff’s friend) and we arrived at Brgy. Wawa to meet Emman, the guide.

The trek officially started at seven o’clock in the morning. According to our guide, it takes one to two hours to reach the peak. The trail here is established and the first part of the trail is forested. There is part that requires rock climbing or bouldering that you will definitely enjoy. And, challenging for the beginners, but it is manageable. Just concentrate and take extra careful as the rock is a bit sharp here.

From the summit, one can see Mount Haponang Banoy and in distance is Mount Arayat, the Sierra Madre mountains is also visible here, and a growing towns of Rizal. We’re descended after that and arrived at around ten o’clock. 

This is my 20th official conquered mountains. And, the unforgettable one because it’s my birthday climb, too! 
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Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
05:45AM – Departure
06:45AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
07:00AM – Trek started
09:30AM – Summit
10:30AM – Descent
12:00NN – Lunch
02:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
7.50Php each – Jeep from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide





How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide. 

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

More photos here...

Happy hiking!
Marco

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

0 Mt. Ayaas (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Another week to spend in the mountain with these two adventurer buddies and this is in the province of Rizal, Mt. Ayaas is about 567m and it ranks as the 14th highest mountain in the province. Again, we are going to explore another mountain here. 

I met Tolits at Jollibee Farmers and from there we rode car bound to Eastwood/Montalban. We then, met Jeff in front of Mini Stop store and bought some food and water. Afterwards, we rode tricycle going to Wawa and met Emman, the guide.

We are down to three because others have their own commitments on that day. So, Tolits, Jeff and yours truly will pursue to conquer Mount Ayaas. From jump-off in Wawa Dam, passing through the river and trekking has started. The first part of the trail is river crossing and passing through bamboo trees. It’s an easy trail, actually! But, still need a guide as some part of the trail is confusing. 
view from the top

descending mount ayaas
At that moment, we entered in a jungle trail and many fruit trees. We then saw a house in the mountain which according to our guide, this is the last house. We reached the transmission tower. An hour after that, grassland appears on our sight that leads us to the summit. 

At the summit, one can see the Mount Haponang Baboy, Mount Pamitinan, and more. We were descending from the summit to the other side of the mountain and exit to Brgy. Mascap. It takes one to two hours until you reach Brgy. Mascap and from there, you can charter a tricycle bound to San Isidro/Eastwood Montalban. 

We successfully get to the summit. Tired, but happy feet!

This is my 19th official conquered mountain.

Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
06:00AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
06:30AM – Jump-off Brgy. Wawa
07:30AM – Trek started
10:30AM – Summit
11:30AM – Descent
12:00NN – Lunch
01:30PM – Arrived at Brgy. Mascap, tricycle
02:30PM – Arrived at San Isidro
03:00PM – Snacks/Post Lunch/Freshen up
05:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
10Php each – Tricycle from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide

How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide. 

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

More photos here...

Happy Hiking!
Marco

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2 Pizza and Pasta at Leona Art Restaurant

Good day, guys! Today, I am going to share the food that we have eaten. My friends have hung out and I suggested having our lunch at the restaurant nearby my place in Maginhawa Street. 

So, we’re heading to the location of the restaurant and upon checked in the staff approach and assist us. But, I am hoping that there’s an available table because during my visits all tables are occupied. Fortunately, during our visits the restaurant is not yet jam pack. 

We tried their pizza and pasta. The place is small by the way. But, it looks so nice and it is a residential that is converted to become a restaurant. It has, I think, six to nine tables. Inside, they also have several of art decorations and accessories. The staff is very accommodating and nice.


We’re looking for their “Pizza all you can” promo, but it is already end. But, the staff recommends us their “Take 3 Pizza” promo; its 3cheese, pepperoni, and the classic pizza of your choice. 

We got two 10” Take 3 pizza for only 499Php and we tried Hawaii pizza, Garlic and mushroom pizza, and chicken and pesto pasta. It’s all so good and yummy! But, my favourite is 3cheese and Hawaii. The chicken and pesto is good as well.


Good News!!!

PIZZA ALL YOU CAN IS BACK!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

0 Conquered Mt. Haponang Banoy (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Our friend is inviting us to join him in conquering the mountain in Rodriguez, Rizal. According to him, this is not yet known for some hikers and no one has been there yet (Please correct us if we were wrong). In my research, this mountain is 462m and it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in the province of Rizal based on peakery data. 

On the fourth Saturday of January, we met up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao and had a quick breakfast to have strength and energy. We then left Cubao at around five in the morning going to Eastwood/Montalban. In front of Mini Stop store, we met Jeff together with our new hiking buddies Jane and Raquel. We chartered a tricycle bound to Brgy. Wawa and meet our guide, Emman.
view from the peak

Afterward, we start walking passing through hanging bridge. The first part of the trail is a bit steep and forested. We passed by “mang-uuling”, forty five minutes after; we were welcomed by a rocky trail. This is it! Each step is going up and down, up and down. It is getting harder because the trail is not yet established. This is, indeed, challenging!

Hikers should wear gloves and long trekking pants as the rocks are very sharp. It requires scrambling, rock climbing, and bouldering. At the summit, the view is stunningly beautiful and one can see the panoramic view of Rizal.

For me, if I am going to rate the difficulty of the mountain, its 9/9 because so far this is the hardest mountain I even climbed. I am having a hard time climbing this mountain, but exciting! And most of all, we had so much fun!

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Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
06:00AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
06:30AM – Jump-off Brgy. Wawa
07:00AM – Trek started
11:30AM – Summit
12:00NN – Lunch/Rest
01:30PM – Descent
04:00PM – Arrived at jump-off, snacks
04:30PM – Sidetrip (Wawa Dam)
05:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
10Php each – Tricycle from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide

How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide.

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

This is my eighteenth conquered mountain! Happy hiking! 

More photos here...

Marco

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

0 Mt. Maculot – Rockies – Grotto Traverse

We already climbed the famous Rockies in Mount Maculot. We’ve done it by twin day hike; Rockies and Manabu Peak. Maculot has three destinations: 1) the Rockies, 2) Summit, and 3) Grotto. Most hikers are just stop at the Rockies only and few people will pursue the traverse. But, that’s my group is going to do. We will explore the forested side of the mountain.

The mountain is about 930 meters above sea level. The trail to the summit is easy and mostly forested. From the Rockies, it takes only an hour to reach the summit. And, at the summit, one can see the Rockies surrounded by waters of Taal Lake and Taal volcano is also visible here. However, there are some part of the trail that is overgrown, but don’t worry because it is not difficult to follow.

From the summit, we go down and follow the trail that leads to Grotto. This part is quite steep and there are some parts that one used rope on the descent. The forest ends where the Grotto appears and just follows the station of the cross to downward until reach the end of the trail. 

Overall, climbing Mt. Maculot traverse is a very easy and wonderful experience to share to your friends and co-hikers. The view is stunning especially if the cloud is so clear! It can be combined for a twin day hike with Manabu Peak. 



Itinerary
04:00AM – Meet up
05:30AM – Ride a bus bound to Cuenca, Batangas (signboard Lemery)
07:30AM – Arrived at Cuenca, ride a tricycle to jump-off, registration 
08:00AM – Start trek
09:45AM – Campsite
10:00AM – Rockies
11:00AM – Trek from Rockies to Summit
12:00NN – Summit
12:15PM – Trek to Grotto
02:00PM – Arrived Grotto (Our Lady of Lourdes)
02:30PM – Jump-off, rest, freshen up
03:00PM – Back to Lipa City
05:30PM – Manila bound

Expense:
147Php each – Bus
20Php each – Tricycle
334Php each – Guide Fee ( 1000Php for Traverse)

How to get there?
Take a bus (Cubao/Pasay) bound to Lemery, Batangas and drop off Cuenca. Then, ride a tricycle going to Registration booth and get a guide (required).

More photos, click >>> Here!

Happy Hiking!
Marco
 
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